Be Patient!

Neal Pollard In James 5:7, James gives us some specific instructions concerning being patient. It is said as a response to those whose patience was being inflamed by the sinful actions of those in James 5:1-6. In just a few words, James has some pretty exhaustive instruction. He addresses the who—“Be patient brethren." There’s an ethic … Continue reading Be Patient!

Seeing Through Others’ Eyes

Neal Pollard What is the greatest trial? What do men so despise? The hardest climb and dreariest mile Is seeing through another’s eyes. It may appear uncomplicated, Completely cut and dry, But our skills may be overrated, As we try to see through the other’s eye. We don’t know what they’re thinking Can’t know their … Continue reading Seeing Through Others’ Eyes

Who Is The “Troubler Of Israel”?

Neal Pollard Ahab was the most wicked king in Israel’s history (1 Kings 16:30). To top it off, he was married to perhaps the most immoral woman revealed to us during the time of the divided kingdom in the Old Testament. Her name, Jezebel, is still somewhat infamous today. She destroyed the prophets of the … Continue reading Who Is The “Troubler Of Israel”?

“Act Like You Like One Another”

Neal Pollard Someone tasked with taking a picture of a couple or small group will coach them to stand closer together, maybe adding, “Act like you like one another.” They will typically chuckle and comply. How many moms have exhorted their squabbling children with a similar phrase? A quick perusal of social media, with its … Continue reading “Act Like You Like One Another”

Rebuke Requires Relationship

Neal Pollard A child scolded by an austere stranger may get frightened or bullied, but not persuaded or “reached.” A parent, grandparent, a sibling, or good friend will be much more effective. A church member reprimanded by an aloof elder with none of the skill and instincts of a shepherd will get offended, hurt, and … Continue reading Rebuke Requires Relationship

THE PATIENCE OF A FARMER 

Neal Pollard James uses a variety of examples throughout his short epistle. In James 5:7-8, he writes, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your … Continue reading THE PATIENCE OF A FARMER 

Cease Fire!

(Guest Baker) Gary Neal Pollard III On Christmas Day in World War I, British and German soldiers called a ceasefire and shared food and other comforts. They were definitely still enemies, but were able to tolerate each other long enough to celebrate a holiday. In keeping with the prominent theme of "walking" in the book of … Continue reading Cease Fire!

The Church Is Perfect, But It Isn’t

Neal Pollard After a weekend full of lessons which built our appreciation for Christ's church, I have a renewed appreciation for the incredible institution God premeditated from eternity.  The Ephesian epistle paints the picture of the church as Jesus' bride, army, body, inheritance, and family.  This exalted picture is at odds with many, from a … Continue reading The Church Is Perfect, But It Isn’t

HOW DO WE TREAT ONE ANOTHER?

Neal Pollard As we live in a culture of disrespect, Christians have an added responsibility to give thought to how we speak to one another.  Civility, courtesy, and manners were once staple subjects taught in every home, but those days are increasingly relegated to the yearbooks of nostalgia.  Yet, it shouldn't be so with God's … Continue reading HOW DO WE TREAT ONE ANOTHER?

LIZARD SPIT

Neal Pollard It is not an interjection or obscure, Cowboy euphemism. It is one of the latest weapons in the fight for weight loss. In fact, it was approved a few years ago by the FDA to be used in the treatment of especially type two diabetes. The drug, exenatide, contains a chemical that is … Continue reading LIZARD SPIT